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From freediving to bambike island ecotours, these are NOMADSofORIGIN Magazine’s top summer activities for a sustainable vacation in the Philippines

Words: Aleksandra Georgieva

Photography: Aachal Lal, Jed Villejo, Zhanjiang Chen, Jack Cross, Oliver Sjostorm, Will Steward, Alex Perez, Ines Alvarez, Kevin Mccutcheon

01 September 2019

Sustainable travel gains the attention of more and more vacationers and travel companies. Eco-tourism is all about creating positive long-term impact on the environment and local communities alike. Organisations that emphasize on trips’ social perspective, strive to educate travellers to aim for sustainability through small decisions. For example, eating locally is a great way to explore a destination, while ensuring that the money you spend will stay in the local community.


The Southeast Asian nation in the Philippines should make every sustainable traveller’s bucket list. Here are some eco-friendly practices that will allow you to explore tourist areas across the Philippines while giving back to the planet.

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Freediving is a natural way to explore the beauty of the ocean by reducing the need for resources and equipment. Seek for local companies that provide lessons on how to safely learn to hold your breath when freediving and returning to the surface only when you need more air.


Homestay is not available everywhere, but if you’re planning a visit to the Philippines in advance, it is worth checking for a Department of Tourism accredited homestay. The residents who are willing to host visitors can teach you a lot about the local culture, while you will also be benefiting a more sustainable local economy.


Cooking classes are another great way to try something new and even to gain a valuable skill. The Filipino cuisine is a vital part to the culture in the area. What is more, the taste of the authentic food in this destination is something you will want to hold on to beyond your holiday visit.


Ziplining is not only a great way to get a bird’s-eye view of the local scenery, but it also creates zero impact on the environment. We recommend you try ziplining either over Boracay’s white-sand beaches or over Sagada, near Echo Valley or Kapay-aw Rice Terraces.


Kitesurfing uses natural resources as it harnesses the renewable wind power. For great kitesurfing conditions we recommend visiting Bulabog Beach or White Beach in Boracay. However, limited number of visitors are allowed in the area since the intensity of the location’s popularity in 2018 forced officials to close the beach to tourists for six months.


Nature Island Tours are a sustainable way to explore the flora and fauna of an area by staying fit. The island of Boracay offers a range of tours, while the Manila Bay’s fame comes from the biodiversity on the coastal cities of Las Pinas and Paranaque. Manila Bay’s natural harbour offers visitors rich history and beautiful sunsets. Yet, the numerous commercial activities lead to environmental threats such as pollution, which locals try to combat. We encourage visitors to prioritise sustainable practices in the area as well.


Bambike Ecotours are offered in the city of Intramuros. Tourists can experience guided bamboo bike tours across the historic neighbourhoods, past the renowned Walled City. Adventurers can mountain bike across Sagada’s hill terrain, where eco-friendly tourism offers amazing views. A remote area in the Philippines, known for its well-preserved natural beauty and indigenous culture, Sagrada offers plenty of exciting activities for sustainable tourists.

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Sustainable travel is not just a way to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet. It is an opportunity for an in-depth local and cultural exploration. The World Tourism Organization underlines the vitality of creating a positive economic and social community impact through sustainable travel. Eco-friendly practices and environmental responsibility provide tourists with opportunities not just to leave an area as clean as they found it, but to create a net-positive effect on destinations.


For those, who wish to volunteer for an eco-friendlier future, Giving Way is a great platform that connects sustainability enthusiasts with nongovernmental agencies. It allows volunteers to get involved in a variety of projects from mentoring young indigenous people in South Africa to working on Costa Rica’s organic farms.


Sustainable travel promotes the ideology that small eco-friendly actions allow each traveller to explore a destination while benefiting the local communities. Sustainable tourism has become widely available among the Southeast Asian nation in the Philippines, and above are some of the methods that can benefit your vacation and your destination of choice alike. Drop us a line at and let us know wat other methods of sustainable tourism you practice during your travels.



NOMADSofORIGIN is an independent annual publication with a focus on sustainable travelling and global cultural values. Each issue features interviews, engaging articles and photo guides, which take our nomadic readers through different destinations and introduce them to local people's perspectives.



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